Sea of Thieves Pre-Orders: Which Edition to Buy

Sea of Thieves launches this March after years of teasing. That means it’s finally time to place Sea of Thieves pre-orders and claim every extra DLC and bit of savings you can.

Developed by Rare, players become crew members of their own pirate ship and roam the game’s seas for other ships to plunder. Whereas other pirate games have focused on a single-player story, Sea of Thieves focuses heavily on multiplayer. You form your own crew with your friends to explore its world. The ships you plunder for their treasure belong to other Xbox One and Windows gamers.

Read: Sea of Thieves Release Date, Details & Features

Sea of Thieves launches on March 20th, but you don’t need to wait until then to purchase the game. Here’s everything you need to know about Sea of Thieves pre-orders today.

Sea of Thieves Editions

There aren’t many editions of Sea of Thieves to choose from despite the game being one of this year’s must-have Xbox exclusives. In fact, the only thing you need to choose is whether you want the game on a disc or installed completely on your hard drive.

Before choosing an edition, consider subscribing to Xbox Game Pass. That subscription now comes with launch day access to every exclusive Xbox game. That includes Sea of Thieves. A 6-month membership costs $59.99.

Read: Is Xbox Game Pass Worth Buying?

Sea of Thieves Disc

Sea of Thieves costs $59.99 if you want a physical copy of the game that you can trade in later or lend to friends. That price gets you the game itself, an invitation to the Sea of Thieves Closed Beta starting on January 24th and the Black Dog Pack.

The Black Dog pack unlocks an outfit with a hat, peg leg, boots and gloves. You also get a musical instrument and a Black Dog cutlass to use as you board other ships and capture their crew.

Best Buy, Amazon, Game Stop and the Microsoft Store are all taking physical Sea of Thieves pre-orders. If you buy now, you should get your copy of the game on release day.

Sea of Thieves on Digital

Buying a digital copy of Sea of Thieves also gets you the Black Dog Pack and access to the game’s beta for $59,99. That’s the same price as a physical copy of the game. However, it’s the best version to buy if you don’t trade your old games or have a gaming PC.

Sea of Thieves is an Xbox Play Anywhere title. Because of that, buying the game through the Microsoft Store or a code for a digital version unlocks a second version for you to enjoy on your Windows 10 PC. Game saves and any DLC you buy sync between these two versions. Really, you get two copies of the game for the same price.

Read: Xbox Play Anywhere: What You Need to Know

You can buy pre-paid codes for Sea of Thieves at Amazon, Game Stop and Best Buy right now. The Microsoft Store is also selling the game directly.

Sea of Thieves Pre-Order Extras

Sea of Thieves pre-orders only come with one physical extra. If you buy a physical copy of the game at Best Buy, you get the Sea of Thieves Collectible Coin. This 3-inch coin comes with the game’s skull logo on the front and other icons on the back.

Sea of Thieves Deals

Three Sea of Thieves deals can save you money, but two of them force you to buy a physical copy of the game.

Amazon Prime subscribers get a 20% discount on games when they buy before or just after its release. Because of this savings, Amazon Sea of Thieves pre-orders are as low as $47.99 there. Amazon Prime costs $99 a year, so don’t subscribe just for the savings on this game, but do take advantage of the savings if you already have a Prime subscription.

Read: Amazon Prime $20 Off Games: What You Need to Know

You also save on your Sea of Thieves pre-orders with Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked. For $30 a year, the retailer also discounts new video game purchases by 20%. That brings the cost of Sea of Thieves down to $47.99 there too.

Game Stop’s Sea of Thieves deal boosts the value of your trade-ins when you apply that credit toward Sea of Thieves. According to Game Stop’s website, every shopper gets 20% in savings. PowerUp Rewards Pro members get 30% in savings, and PowerUp Rewards Elite Pro members get 40% in savings.

As with the other Sea of Thieves deals, it’s not worth getting a PowerUp Rewards Pro Pro or Elite Pro membership just for the discount. However, if you already have a membership, it is an excellent way to save.

Xbox One Sea of Thieves Bundles

Microsoft has two options for gamers that don’t have an Xbox One to play Sea of Thieves on. Both bundles are also solid consoles to update to if you still have the original Xbox One with 500GB of storage.

The Xbox One S 1TB Sea of Thieves Bundle includes a copy of the game, a free trial of Xbox Live Gold, a free trial of Xbox Game Pass and a white controller. It costs $283.25 to pre-order at Amazon.

Game Stop is the only place you can buy the Xbox One S 1TB Sea of Thieves + 3-Month Xbox Live Gold Bundle for $314. Sea of Thieves is an online-only game, so you will need Xbox Live Gold to play it. You get also get the game and a free trial of Xbox Game Pass with this bundle.

Sea of Thieves Limited Edition & Special Edition Gear

If you really want something to remember Sea of Thieves by, consider pre-ordering some limited edition gear with the game’s signature purple paint job and logo.

First, there’s the Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Xbox One Controller. The game’s glow-in-the-dark logo sits just below the Xbox button, so it’s sure to attract attention on your shelf at night. It costs $74.99, and it’s sure to sell out quickly. You can buy it now at Game Stop, Amazon and Best Buy.

Amazon has the Seagate 2TB Sea of Thieves Special Edition Game Drive. It’s a rerelease of their popular hard drive for Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X, and it also has the game’s glow-in-the-dark logo and purple paint job. Use it to hold games that you’d like to play at a friend’s house when it launches on April 1st. This Sea of Thieves accessory costs $89.99.

Finally, there’s the Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Xbox Pro Charging Stand. This stand includes a battery pack to keep your Xbox One Controller charged without you connecting it to your console through the MicroUSB port on the top. Controller Gear is the only place you can buy this $49.99 Sea of Thieves accessory

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Pre-Order for Sea of Thieves DLC

Pre-Order for Sea of Thieves DLC

If you genuinely like to claim all the downloadable content you can for a new game, place your Sea of Thieves pre-order right now. That way you can lock down the Black Dog DLC Pack.

The Sea of Thieves Black Dog DLC Pack gets you exclusive items to dress your character in. You get a black hat and matching coat. You also get two musical instruments and a cutlass sword to arm your character with. The pack included access to a Sea of Thieves beta but Rare held that test on Xbox and PC this past January.

There are three ways to get the Black Dog Pack today. Buy a digital copy of the game through the Microsoft Store on Xbox One or Windows 10 and you get the DLC as part of your game bundle. The pack comes as a prepaid code on the bottom of your receipt if you buy the game on disc at Best Buy or GameStop. Amazon sends the code for the Black Dog Pack in an email. 

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